Update at 8:50 a.m.: The A's completed a trade for Adam Dunn on Sunday morning, sending minor league right-hander Nolan Sanburn to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for the veteran slugger.
Sunday marks the final day teams can trade for players and have them be eligible for postseason rosters.
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ANAHEIM – The A’s are trying to work a last-minute trade to acquire slugger Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox, according to SI.com’s Tom Verducci.
Other national reports indicate that the A’s are the front-runners to land Dunn. That they would be working feverishly to add an impact hitter is no surprise, given their recent lack of offensive punch.
Teams have until 8:59 p.m. Sunday night to add players to their roster and have them be eligible for the postseason. Dunn, 34, reportedly has a limited no-trade clause that Oakland is on, but he is said to be willing to waive it to join a contender.
He’s hitting .220 with 20 homers and 54 RBI in 106 games this season, and he’s clubbed 460 home runs over his 14-year career. Dunn can play first base, left field or serve as designated hitter. He’s making $15 million in the final year of a four-year contract and will be a free agent after this season. Only a small portion of that salary is left, obviously, at this point in the season.
The A’s have been shut out the past two days by the Los Angeles Angels and have fallen four games back in the American League West. Though they still lead the majors in runs, their offense has fallen off dramatically throughout August. They rank 12th in the A.L. in runs (102) for the month and last in batting average (.224).
First baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss, in particular, is slumping. He’s hitting .178 in August with 35 strikeouts in 23 games, and he hasn’t homered since July 24.